Health and Safety Restrictions

The following WILL preclude an applicant from riding

  • Extremely poor head control.
  • Excessive, chronic and/or recurring pain, especially as a result of physical activity.
  • Pathological fractures – i.e. osteogenesis imperfecta, severe osteoporosis.
  • Uncontrolled seizures – categorised by tonic/clonic type occurring more than once a week.
  • Acute stage rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Open pressure sores, or wounds.
  • Unstable spine – including recent spinal injury and/or surgery, atlanto-axial dislocation, spondylolysthesis, acute disc herniation.
  • Severe behavioural disorders e.g. aggressive episodes resulting in safety concerns.
  • Severe fatigue related conditions i.e. multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, ABI.
  • Severe clotting related blood disorders i.e. haemophilia and/or medication/treatments which cause clotting related disorders such as heart conditions/chemotherapy.
  • Degeneration/dislocation of the hip joint.
  • Excessive weight (90 kgs and above – VCAT Exemption A296/2008).
  • Precautions

The following conditions MAY preclude an applicant from riding. A qualified RDAV coach will provide an assessment at the centre and advise whether it is safe or appropriate for the applicant to ride.

  • Poor endurance/fatigue related conditions (e.g. MS, MD, ABI).
  • Muscle tone abnormalities – high tone (spasticity) or low tone.
  • Osteoporosis (permission required by orthopaedic specialist).
  • Scoliosis – especially severe and/or fixed (permission required by orthopaedic
  • Spinal fusion with rod type internal fixation, e.g. Harrington or CD rods (permission
    required by orthopaedic specialist).
  • Allergies – especially severe anaphylactic reactions.
  • Recent surgery (permission required by surgeon)
  • Acquired Brain Injury in past 2 years (permission required by neurologist).
  • Heart conditions i.e. postural hypotension, hypertension, coronary artery disease.
  • Dysplasia of the hip (permission required by orthopaedic specialist).
  • High level spinal cord paralysis.
  • Medication – drug dosage negatively affecting physical/cognitive function.
  • Thermoregulatory problems e.g. ABI.
  • Hydrocephalus/cranial shunt.
  • Respiratory conditions – e.g. asthma, chronic airways disease.
  • Seizures – type/frequency.
  • Gastric feeding tube.
  • Skin disorders – especially circulatory and/or impaired sensation.
  • Dizziness/fainting.